Hi, Autunm, and welcome.
I think everyone on this board could probably sympathize with you.
I can't imagine having to wait 15 months to see an allergy specialist. Why not try an ear, nose, and throat specialist in the meantime or a surgeon whose work is devoted to removing sinus
An ent specialist can do the blood work to determine what your allergies are, and some sites even have an immunologist on board.
The nursing staff could administer allergy shots.
I couldn't wait, honestly.
While it may be sinus infections that are bothering you, (and an ent specialist could take care of that) it's also possible that you may be having a problem with insomnia.
Do you have difficulty getting to sleep at night? If so, you need to be checked by a lung specialist to determine if you have sleep apnea. That can very readily cause insomnia and cause you to be losing rem--rapid eye-movement sleep, the form of sleep that charges our "battery". If called for, CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) can restore your REM sleep and give you an 8-hour sleep each night so that you wake refreshed the next day.
If you need it, it is covered by most insurance policies, (especially if your ENT specialist recommends that you have the test done.) If the test indicates that you are missing rem sleep at night, all you will need to do is wear a sleep mask that provides you with extra air during the night while you sleep so that rapid-eye-movement sleep storage is increased.
One type of mask just has the two nostril "pillows" attached to a light wrap that fits around the head. It's very simple and so easy to use and wonderfully effective. The machine that produces the extra air just sits on a bedside table where a supply line (plastic) forces extra air into your nose. It's like getting a nice supply of air that you grow accustomed to in a couple of nights. It can help to clear up the "bags" under the eyes, as well, because you're resting 100% better.
That's one possibility for your circles under the eyes. If you are
fatigued during the day, feel that you need afternoon naps to hold
on until bedtime, feel no energy, it could be sleep apnea. It could
also be sinus infections, as you suggest. (More than likely, it's a
combination of things: sinus, allergies, food sensitivities, and sleep apnea.)
Sleep apnea knows no age bracket for its appearance. The young,
middle-aged, and elderly folks could be ones who might have the
Otherwise, I'd see an ent specialist as soon as I could and get his
recommendations, including being put on an antibiotic such as
Azithromycin (if he/she recommends it) and getting some allergy
testing done. Sinus surgery is also a possibility. I'm sure it would
be painless--these days, doctors can usually get the job done with
as little pain for the patient as possible during healing.
(We're not doctors, so we can't diagnose, but we are permitted to tell you what has worked for us or others that we know about.)
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/2/2012 10:40:46 PM (GMT-6)